Jamie and Patsy Anderson
CAMH supporters Jamie and Patsy Anderson awarded 2012 Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers
Jamie and Patsy Anderson are an inspiration to us all. In 1999, at a time when few business leaders were willing to lend their name and talents in support of people with mental illness, Jamie and Patsy stepped up to the challenge. The Toronto-based couple generously gave a personal gift and joined CAMH Foundation’s first fundraising campaign Centred on Hope; encouraging others to follow their lead.
The Andersons’ involvement with CAMH came about after friend, former MP Michael Wilson, lost a son to depression. "Michael broke the ice on the subject…” describes Jamie Anderson. “I always said it would be a good investment of time and money to talk a lot about the stigma surrounding mental health. If we don't change the dialogue, we've really missed an opportunity."
Jamie soon joined CAMH Foundation as a volunteer and actively helped plan a bold new $100 million campaign, Transforming Lives. Jamie went on to become the Campaign’s chair and his early efforts helped start the movement to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness that has firmly taken root in our community. As chair, Jamie worked with hundreds of prospective donors, hosted weekly meetings, made countless calls and visits to thank donors, and recruited two prominent business leaders as campaign co-chairs, Michael McCain and Tom Milroy. His hands-on approach to fundraising and volunteer recruitment was instrumental in bringing together the powerful group of business and community leaders who helped raised $108 million for CAMH in just six years.
When one of the Andersons' children became a patient at SickKids Hospital, the family’s eyes were opened to the impact SickKids has on the lives of so many. Patsy became chair of the SickKids Foundation for five years and sat on the board for ten before stepping down this year. With Patsy at the helm, SickKids Foundation launched what was then the largest hospital fundraising campaign in the history of Canada: the $500 million Believe campaign. At the same time, Patsy helped launch another campaign to raise $200 million for the construction of a new research and learning tower at SickKids.
In recognition of the extraordinary amount of time and energy to fundraising and volunteering that Jamie and Patsy Anderson devote, CAMH and SickKids jointly nominated the couple for the prestigious Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Greater Toronto Chapter. The Andersons were honoured at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 30. They will also receive the international award for their volunteer fundraising efforts at AFP's International Conference this spring.